As part of the ongoing fight against bandits in the North-West states, the Kaduna state government has announced plans to shut down telecommunication services.
During a radio interview, El-Rufai stated that the shutdown would not affect the entire state. Only local government districts bordering the problematic Zamfara and Katsina states, where a military offensive is ongoing, will be impacted, according to him.
“We have been advised by the Military and other security agencies to shut down telecommunication services in certain LGAs but we are waiting for the security agencies to tell us which specific areas and when.
“But I want the people of Kaduna State to know that if they give us the go-ahead tomorrow [Wednesday], we will shut down tomorrow .”
Following the shutdown of communications services in Zamfara and Katsina, the Kaduna state governor, who talked in Hausa throughout the discussion, said some bandits crossed over to neighboring local government areas in Kaduna to make phone calls and demand ransom.
El-Rufai also revealed that they have written to the federal government about the shutdown and are currently awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari's assent.
He also stated;
“There is no doubt that bandits and other criminals rely on telecommunication to communicate with their informants as well as with relatives of kidnapped victims so as to demand ransom.
“I will not mention the LGAs to be affected but the local governments that are constantly being tormented by bandits know themselves.
“As soon as we get the nod from security agents, then the people of Kaduna State should know that we will shutdown telecommunication to give security agents the maximum cooperation to carry out operations in those areas."
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